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  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • No change on schools’ bathroom policies

    Roane County Schools is not changing its position on bathroom usage, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    Male students will still use the boys bathroom, and female students will continue using the girls bathroom.

    “It changes nothing,” Aytes said, regarding directives the U.S. Department of Justice issued last week on transgender students.

    The department said transgender students must be allowed access to facilities consistent with their gender identity, not the sex on their birth certificate.

  • Memorial Day to include dedication, display

    Harriman’s Korean War memorial will be dedicated at a special program at David Webb Riverfront Park on Memorial Day, May 30.

    American Legion Post 53 will also host a display of combat items from members’ years of service at the Legion Hall at Trenton Street and Morgan Avenue.

    “It is going to have people’s personal combat equipment,” said Joshua Gillespie, liaison officer for the American Legion.

  • Pomp & Circumstance: Mount Pisgah Christian Academy

    Mount Pisgah Christian Academy kicked off high school graduation ceremonies in Roane County on Thursday.

    Next up: Oliver Springs High School, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Other graduations include Roane County High School at 8 p.m. Friday.

    The last three are on Saturday: Harriman High School at 10 a.m., Midway High School at 11:30 a.m., and Rockwood High School at 7 p.m.

  • UTC professor to make Democratic Congressional bid

    Michael B. Friedman, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is announcing his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District seat held by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican.

    A press release from the campaign office of Friedman said he is running because of a lack of adequate representation for the majority of the district’s citizens and a complete failure or refusal to develop any meaningful solutions to help ease the current suffering of many of the district’s citizens.

  • Money for Harriman coffers


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    Harriman Industrial Development Board Chairman Bill Alexander, center right, presents a $60,000 check to Mayor Chris Mason, far right. The money is part of the finalized sale of some buildings on Devonia Street, which now houses facilities such as a tanning salon, nurse practioners’ offices and apartments for Roane State Community College athletes. Those on hand for the presentation include, from left, Harriman Industrial Board members Don Hensley, Mike Borum and Donna Demyanovich.

  • Harriman sign proposal business friendly

    A plan to change Harriman’s sign ordinance should make business owners off the main drag happy.

    The Harriman City Council recently approved first reading of a sign ordinance change that would permit directional signage allowed in the C-1 and H-1 districts, which are primarily in downtown and  its historical neighborhoods.

    Councilman Chris Ahler, who lives and has office space he shares with others on Trenton Street behind the Harriman Utility Board, said it’s a welcome addition.

  • No tax hike expected in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will have a budget workshop at 6 p.m. May 17 at City Hall.  

    The tentative 2016-17 city budget will be presented by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. It is in Rockwood City Charter that the mayor will present the budget, said Rockwood City Administrator and Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Basically, I will meet with Council, and give them time to look over the budget, and see if they want to make any contributions,” Miller said Friday.

  • OS Depot on ‘endangered’ region listing

    The Oliver Springs Library and Museum — formerly better known as the Oliver Springs Southern Railroad Depot — has been named to the 2016 East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s “Endangered 8” of heritage sites for the region.

    The ETPA annually lists endangered sites, and this is the first year the Depot has been added to this list, according to a press release.

    The Depot has long been a source of pride for the town, and has been the subject of many restoration and rehabilitation projects since the 1980s.

  • RSCC professor assists on NASA Pluto project

    Ted Stryk has not been to Pluto, but he did serve on a team that contributed to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft that flew by the planet and its moons last July.

    The Roane State Community College assistant professor of philosophy and English is working on the continuing geology and geophysics investigation of the dwarf planet and its satellites.

    He spoke on the most recent findings of the project recently at the Roane State Oak Ridge campus.